Launched in the UK in January 2009 and following on from the successful launch of the new Laguna, the Renault Laguna Coupe is billed as a stylish, desirable and technically advanced addition to the Renault range.
The Renault Laguna Coupe marks Renault's official return to the coupe market with what can only be described as a true stand-alone design which combines contemporary styling and interior space with impressive handling, safety and driving pleasure.
Prices range from £19,995 for the entry-level Renault Laguna Coupe TomTom to £30,800 for the Renault Laguna Coupe GT V6 dCi 235 Auto FAP model.
We tested the Renault Laguna Coupe Monaco GP dCi 180 FAP (£24,995) mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.Performance
The 2.0 litre dCi diesel engine is with either a 150hp or 180hp, our test car was equipped with the higher output 180hp engine. The engine is smooth, eager and revs freely to the 5,000 rpm red line - maximum power output is delivered at 3,750 rpm and torque from 2,000 rpm. The 0-62mph sprint is completed in 8.5 seconds and the top speed is 139mph.
We found the diesel engine relatively quiet and once on the move you could hardly tell it was a diesel.
Fuel economy is good with the Renault Laguna Coupe 2.0 litre dCi 180 returning 45.6mpg on a combined cycle. A particulate filter is fitted as standard and thanks to ultra-fast pre-heat sparkplugs it fires up straight away at the touch of its start button, even in very cold weather (Renault have tested it to minus 23C).
The 6-speed manual gearbox is slick and although wide gated making precise gear changes is easy.Ride and Handling
Underneath the exterior lines, with the benefit of Renault's 4Control chassis with four-wheel steering on GT versions, the Renault Laguna Coupe delivers a dynamic, secure and hugely rewarding driving experience.
The 4Control chassis with four-wheel steering at low speed offers enhanced manoeuvrability making the car easy to drive with crisp handling around town and on twisty 'B' roads. At speeds of up to 37mph the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to those at the front up to an angle of 3.5 degrees resulting in a better turning circle.
At lower speeds the ride can feel a little hard but once on the move the ride is excellent although we did find the steering a little on the light side.Ease of Use
Usually coupes are compromised when it comes to interior space; especially head room but Renault have considered the needs of all occupants.
The door openings are very wide making entering and exiting the Renault Laguna an easy affair. However the elegant low swooping roofline can prove a challenge to getting into the Renault Laguna Coupe without banging your head but you soon get used to ducking a bit lower.
Access to the rear is aided by an easy entry system which tips the front seatback forward and moves the seat itself forward by up to 140mm. As an option this mechanism can be operated via the heated and electrically adjusted seats (standard on our test car).
All-round visibility is excellent and from the wheel the Renault Laguna Coupe offers the widest forward angle of vision in its class.
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